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What variety of Gladiolus

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 14:22

Those are both gorgeous RG.   I shall have to look out for them.   I first planted a packet of acidantehra in a large pot on a man-hole cover in my hottest, sunniest bed.   Similar to your Bride but atller and witha purple throat.

They survived in there several cold wet Belgian winters - good drainage I suppose - and multiplied.  I have given loads away and brought some with me.  They flowered through the journey an don into the first  10 days of October and were attractive to the biggest bees I've ever seen.

Resurrected Ten

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 14:18

Hazel - each to their own tho I think you're fundamentally wrong of course.  Swap you my share of MD for yours of CB?

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 12:54

Thanks for the update BF.   We now have a ploughed and harrowed potager.   Picture shows the unlovely cowsheds of next door's beef farm but I have plans to plant more mimosa trees along that boundary to hide them.   Lots of babies under a tree elsewhere in the garden.

Next job is to build the polytunnel and then we can think about how to organise our beds asw e've concluded that timber to make all raised beds will cost a fortune.

Meanwhile, I'm busy nurturing pots, planting out hostas and other shade plants in a new bed and have sown spring onions and planted 90 onion sets in modules.   Peas and beans next as time permits.

There's a plant fair in La Roche-sur-Yon on the 15th and a garden brocante at Angles on Sunday.  I'm hoping they will yield treasures and that one day I will have spare plants to sell at one or other.


Posted: 07/04/2017 at 12:42

Gunneras tend to get bigger as they age and develop stronger root systems.  Tinctoria doesn't get as big as the manicata but will still get up to about 2 m over time.   It looks very similar.

Here's what the RHS says - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/23456/Gunnera-tinctoria/Details?returnurl=%2Fplants%2Fsearch-results%3Fform-mode%3Dtrue%26context%3Dl%253den%2526q%253dgunnera%2526sl%253dplantForm%26query%3Dgunnera%26aliaspath%3D%252fplants%252fsearch-results and 


I have a manicata which I have been nurturing in ever bigger pots for 3 years and that also controls size but now I'm in teh land of warmer winters I'm looking forward to planting it out and letting it spread to its hearts content.

Last edited: 07 April 2017 12:44:28

What variety of Gladiolus

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 12:37

Hitherto I have grown the acidanthera in pots and gradually lost the Byzantines in teh ground to cold and/or wet winters so glads need lifting unless you have a very sheltered, well drained garden or else need to be grown in pots which can be moved to shelter for winter. 

Resurrected Ten

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 12:34

Can you not have a wee potter while you wait LB?

Very much enjoyed Beechgrove last night but watched it a bit late as we have early dinner and then a trek up to dance class so don't get home till 10:30ish.   Didn't see last week's as I set it to record on Sunday am and OH elected to record some sport while watching more on another channel so BG was cancelled.   Recording it on Thursdays now.

I love just about anything CB does.  He knows design, he knows plants and he explains the whys and wherefores so well.   Lovely chap too.  Had the great pleasure of chatting with him at Chelsea in 2007 - the only designer hanging around to chat to the public.

Off to play with hostas and other shady border plants now.   Took a couple of days off as there are tree roots in the bed which was formerly mossy grass along the boundary between us and the neighbours and it's hard work digging planting holes with roots and ribs.  

Report or not?

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 11:35

No, it will help them.  As they flower and set seed and produce fruit they need more resources of food and water and those wee pots will soon be depleted.    Nutrients in most commercial composts last a maximum of 100 days, often less and roots outgrow pots so pot on as they grow and use liquid tomato feed to help them along.

What variety of Gladiolus

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 11:32

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  I only really like the simpler forms like Byzantine and acidanthera, not the Dame Edna blousy things.

In the UK there are plenty of suppliers from big bulb companies.  Have  at Avon bulbs, Peter Nyssen, Dejager and then companies such as Crocus, Suttons, and so on.   You may even find some still on sale in your local garden centre.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 11:26

I've only just surfaced to a bright sunny day after a really bad night so lots of dozing and reading this morning.  Just picking up the Trump/Syria news.  Worrying on many fronts.   Thank goodness we have gardens to distract us.

Dance class was good last night but exhausting as we did 30 mins of English waltz followed by 30 more in which we learned every move the others have learned in 6 years of cha-cha.  We know the moves but not the sequence and it's one of the most physical dances so a good work out but clearly not tiring enough.

I need to crack on with the hosta bed today to clear the pots away so they don't get run over by the CH oil truck tomorrow. 

I hope you all get some good weather for today's projects and the weekend.   

Re PC batteries - apparently they last longer if you use them and let them run down and be re-charged rather than leaving them plugged into the leccy all the time.

Internet speeds not too clever here today either Busy.

Wooden Border Help

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 23:48

I assume your stone is gravel or chippings that don't do well if mowed.

Sleepers would work well but, as you say, are expensive and, being wood, they will eventually rot form exposure to moisture in the ground.   You could try sourcing scaffold boards from builders as they have to renew them after so many outings but they are thinner so would rot all the faster.  Whatever wood you choose needs to have been treated to preserve it and, like Pansy says, should not be planed wood as it is lethally slippery when wet.

I think your best bet is going to be to use stone setts or engineered bricks which are frost proof, unlike ordinary house bricks or just buy some cheap paving slabs.    

Last edited: 06 April 2017 23:48:24

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